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PlanetSolar, maker of the world’s largest solar-powered boat, Tûranor, completed its second voyage across the Atlantic on May 18. Tûranor completed the 2867 mile voyage from Las Palmas, Spain, to St. Martin in the French West Indies in 22 days. For more information, and some cool pictures, take a look at the article featured on Earth911.
Do you have a clove of garlic that has sprouted, or potatoes with eyes? Think twice before you toss them in the trash, as you can use these items to grow more! Yes, you can grow garlic, potatoes and even pineapple, all from scraps! Check out this article from Earth911 to learn more about gardening with food scraps. Some of these foods might surprise you!
Looking for something to do Saturday, May 18 or Sunday, May 19? Check out the Chicago Green Festival at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago). The festival includes eco-fashion exhibits, hands-on workshops, live music, and much more. Also be sure to check out the Green Marketplace, which features products and services from local and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.
The festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information visit the Green Festival Chicago website.
The Kenneth Young Center Resale Shop (1150 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg) will host a re-purposing event on Wednesday, April 3, at 9 a.m.
Customers will have the opportunity to view live demonstrations on how to renew, re-purpose and “up cycle” various household items. Pick up some crafty ideas and support the Center, which provides mental health and senior services to the community.
For more information, call 847-524-8800 or visit the Kenneth Young Center website.
Got a closet full of old prom dresses? Do you even still have the matching shoes? Here’s a great way to re-cycle them. The Glass Slipper Project is currently collecting prom dresses and accessories for its annual distribution to students who are unable to purchase their own prom dresses and accessories.
The nearest drop-off location is Zengler Cleaners (550 Dundee Road, Northbrook). For more info, go to Glass Slipper Project.
Most people do not know the power of vinegar to kill weeds. Vinegar will eliminate weeds without the potential hazards of powerful chemicals. Just spray the vinegar on the leaves of the weeds until they are wet and in a matter of days, the weeds will be dead.
There are two things you should know about using vinegar to kill weeds:
- Vinegar is activated by sunlight. So, check your weather report and try to pick a day when it will be sunny and not raining.
- Vinegar does not discriminate! It will kill ALL plants that it is sprayed on. So, only spray it on the weeds you want to kill. Do not get it on your flowers, tomato plants, etc.
Besides being safe and effective, vinegar is inexpensive. All types of vinegar will work and white vinegar is usually the least expensive.
FYI: Vinegar is great to use to kill the weeds that grow in sidewalk cracks.
Featuring Environmentally-Friendly Vendors, Services and Cutting Edge Music
Chicago's West Town will receive a fresh green coat this summer as it plays host to the Green Music Fest, Saturday June 26th through Sunday, June 27th on Chicago Ave. between Ashland and Noble. The innovative green technology-themed event will reflect the hip and environmentally-conscious West Town community by fusing original live music with green vendors, services and local retail, art, craft and food vendors.
Why not add some green to your 4th of July celebration. Here are a few tips to consider to make your holiday celebration a little more environmentally friendly.
-Instead of using disposable plates, plastic cups and silverware, use your every day table ware. If you must use some type of disposable table ware, consider ones that are compostable.
-Help guests do something green by asking that they bring their own drinking cups, which not only helps to reduce waste, but also helps guests to tell their cups apart.
-Celebrate outside! By moving your gathering outside, you can help reduce your home's energy consumption.
-Instead of shooting off your own fireworks, get a group together to carpool, and go see a public fireworks display. If you must shoot off your own fireworks, consider those that are higher in nitrogen, as they produce less smoke.
-Instead of buying water in individual plastic bottles for guests, have water pitchers or other large containers that can be refilled.
-Reuse or recycle what you can after your celebration is complete.
-Instead of having one large container for guests to dispose of waste, have several smaller containers that are labeled for what items are to be placed inside. For example, you could have one for paper, one for plastic, glass and cans, another for compostable materials, and another for garbage.
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With summer vacations coming up here are a few ways to make your traveling more "green":
Before leaving home:
- Turn water heater to lowest setting.
- Appliances such as TV's and cable converter boxes should be unplugged because they can draw as much as
40 watts per hour even when they're off.
- Turn water off to your home in case a pipe were to break or a faucet were to start leaking.
Preparing for green travel:
- Purchase elctronic tickets whenever possible.
- Book flights that recycle. British Airways has a very strong environmental agenda.Southwest Airlines
recycles all cabin waste and was the first airline to offerelectronic ticketing.
- When possible use hotel or airport shuttles, or public transportation.
Things to do at the hotel (preferably a green one):
- During your hotel stay let management know that it is not necessary to change your sheets
and towels every day.
- Turn off lights and the air conditioning when leaving the hotel room.
- Avoid room service.
At your destination:
- Use a refillable water bottle instead of buying bottled water.
- Say no to plastic bags. Use your own eco-friendly reusable bag.
- Explore the city you’re visiting on foot, by renting a bike or taking public transportation.
- Take advantage of walking tours or self-guided audio tours at many attractions.
- Eat at an organic restaurant.
These are just a few tips about traveling green. You can find more at: